The city contains the remaining forest blocks of Mindanao at its eastern and southeastern borders. It is also home to the endangered Philippine Eagle. Malaybalay is a place of ecological significance.
The Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Ecological Techno Demo Center plays an active role in farming, and in the protection of Mt. Kitanglad. The center uses improved farming systems, and features a six-hectare eco-park with endemic trees.
Malaybalay City is a refuge for nature, and a refuge for the seven indigenous groups thought to be the first inhabitants of the province. The Kaamulan Festival strives to keep links to the past by celebrating the customs and traditions of the province’s indigenous groups.
There are points of interest in the area both natural and man-made. Mt. Kitanglad is the fourth highest mountain in the country. The Monastery of the Transfiguration is a place worth visiting too.